Table of Contents | Introduction | Current Twinning | Highway Fencing & Wildlife Crossings
Highway Fencing and Wildlife Crossings
In response to high and rising traffic volumes, sections of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) have been upgraded from a two-lane to a four-lane divided highway in Banff National Park.
To reduce the negative impacts of a larger highway on wildlife populations in Banff National Park:
- Fencing has been installed on both sides of the twinned highway sections to prevent large animals from getting onto the highway. Vehicle-wildlife collisions have been significantly reduced.
- Wildlife underpasses and overpasses have been installed to connect vital habitats and help sustain healthy wildlife populations.
In 1996, a monitoring and research program began studying the impacts of roads on wildlife in terms of road mortality, wildlife movements and habitat connectivity in the Bow Valley. Science-based information from this long-term monitoring has since been applied to highway upgrade projects in the mountain parks and beyond our national borders.
Monitoring and Research
View wildlife crossings on our interactive map.
Explore different types five different types of wildlife crossings, fencing, gates and escape ramps found in the park.